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JAROSLAV SPACEK'S RETURN COULD BE IN SIGHT

Monday, 10.22.2007 / 4:20 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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JAROSLAV SPACEK\'S RETURN COULD BE IN SIGHT
Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek
The Buffalo Sabres may soon regain the services of one of the team's most productive players this season.

Jaroslav Spacek returned to practice on a limited basis Monday for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury seven days ago.   However, his status for Wednesday's rematch of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals in Carolina is still unknown.

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"He's doing a lot better," said Ruff.  "[His playing status] will depend whether we can get him in full contact or not.  Today was still a non-contact type of day."

Spacek was injured in the waining moments of the Sabres 5-4 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs on Oct. 15 when he was driven into the boards by Toronto's Nik Antropov.

The five-foot-11, 204-pound blueliner was absent from the Sabres last two contests: a 3-0 shutout defeat to Columbus on Oct. 19 and a 4-2 loss in Montreal the next day.

Spacek and defensive partner Brian Campbell where Buffalo's best one-two punch through the opening five games of the season, combining for five goals and 11 assists.

While Campbell led the Sabres with nine helpers and 10 points, Spacek was the team's top sniper with four goals, three of which coming on the power play.

Spacek said Monday that there was still some bruising present in his shoulder.  He wants to return to the lineup as soon as possible, but would like to be able to comeback in his early season form.

"They asked me about Wednesday, but I haven't had any contact yet," said Spacek.  "We just have to wait and do some more stuff one-on-one.

"We'll see how it goes tomorrow or Wednesday."

Spacek's return could provide a lift on special teams, which managed just one goal on 11 power-play opportunities during his absence.

Rookie Andrej Sekera has been filling the void on the blueline, recording a minus-one rating and four penalty minutes in the third and fourth games of his NHL career.

Ruff said that he felt Sekera "held his own" during those contests.

"For playing in a couple of games that were pretty intense at times, I thought he did a good job," said Ruff.  "He's got things to learn, but he's got great ability and great mobility. 

"For stepping in and playing the amount that he did... he handled it well."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82